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. >> yes, sir. no, sir. yes, sir. no, sir. yes, sir. >>> who is rachel jeantel? also, one of the 27 nfl players charged with a crime since the super bowl. >> despite the fact he has a fiancee and a baby and is a homeowner, he also has a means to flee and a bracelet won't stop him and not the $250,000. denying the bail. >> does the nfl have an image problem, or will the fans forgive as they normally do? >>> i want to begin with the teenage girl, rachel jeantel took the stand today for a second day and face add heated cross-examination from the defense. >> if you thought it was just a fight because it was one you knew trayvon martin was planning to start? >> no, sir. he would have told me, sir, and told me to call him back or he'll call me back, sir. >> you didn't have information from the news this was racially charged. >> no, i don't watch the news. >> okay. are you okay this morning? >> yes. >> you seem so different than yesterday, just checking. did someone talk -- >> is that a question? >> yes, did someone talk with you last night about your >> you didn't have information ffrom the n
's rachel. rachel knox. how do you know her? she was monica's death doula. d... um, excuse me? um... monica's death consultant at green passages. they were very close before monica died. you know, i thought that doulas were for birth, not death. doula is the feminine version of the ancient greek word "doulos," which means servant or caregiver. right. well, anyway, rachel knox was the one who helped monica craig through her last days. you know, after death she washed her body, dressed her, laid her out for three days. until the early 1800s, it was unheard of for most religions to let a stranger prepare and bury a loved one. when my time comes, don't do that. when your time comes, what should i do? my last will and testament, everything is all written out in the locked drawer of my desk at work. my last will and testament is 312 pages long. (chuckles): whoa, geez. mine's written on a sticky note. "everything goes to bones." but don't worry, don't worry, i used your real name to make it legal. what-what about parker? parker? you'll be fair to parker. on a sticky note? it's like gramps always s
. >>> who is rachel jeantel? also, one of the 27 nfl players charged with a crime since the super bowl. >> despite the fact he has a fiancee and a baby and is a homeowner, he also has a means to flee and a bracelet won't stop him and not the $250,000. denying the bail. >> does the nfl have an image problem, or will the fans forgive as they normally do? >>> i want to begin with the teenage girl, rachel jeantel took the stand today for a second day and face add heated cross examination from the defense. >> if you thought it was just a fight because it was one you knew trayvon martin was planning to start? >> no, sir. he would have told me, sir, and told me to call him back or he'll call me back, sir. >> martin savidge is outside the courthouse. martin, a rather dramatic change in the way that she conducted herself today. >> reporter: oh, yeah, absolutely, piers. that's what everybody nope 'tissed, she dressed slightly different but she had been advised. she sounded that way, too, with of course, the yes, sir. unfortunately, just as you point out, the more she said yes, sir, it got a shar
with the other guys. >> are these two sisters lying about the baby, or is he the father? melvin? rachel is here with her ex-husband. >> i thought he was my sole mate. >> maury: and her ex-husband is here with his fiancee. all because the paternity is in question. the last five years of anger have led to this moment. >> wait a second, just hold on. >> maury: will fantasia have her father in her life after today, or not? plus. this man is taking two paternity tests for his much younger girlfriend's two children. you want to be with angelica? this man is taking a lie detector test to save his marriage. and this man is taking his 21st dna test. are these women right or wrong? find out all the incredible answers right now. everyone, this is dasia, welcome, dasia, to the show. now, for four years, dasia and her ex-boyfriend, melvin, were enseparable, they even tried to have a baby the last year of their relationship, they were not successful. but then, as fate would happen weeks after they broke up, dasia found out she was pregnant with her daughter, kayla. look at her. look at her. >> she looks just
school student rachel jeantel describe the final conversation to prosecutors. >> i was calling, trayvon, trayvon. i heard him saying, get off, get off. >> let me stop you. you said something, what did you say? >> i said, trayvon, what is going on? >> what did you hear? >> i heard trayvon say, get off, get off. then suddenly the phone hung up. it shut off. >> when the phone shut off, what happened then? >> i called him back. >> you called trayvon martin back? >> yes. >> were you able to talk to him again? >> no. >> rachel jeantel described what trayvon martin had said about the man who was following him. >> i asked him what the man looked like. he said he looked creepy. >> creepy ass cracker? ok. crocs is thatt what you recall him saying? is that mean a white individual? >> yes. >> what did he say after that? >> he told me the man was looking at him. i thought maybe he was a racist. >> defense attorney don west questioned rachel about why she characterized the murder as wer racial. >> what is one thing that made you think this was racial based on what trayvon told you? >> describing the
witness rachel jeantel, the high school classmate joins me in a moment for an exclusive interview. this is "piers morgan live." >>> martin, dramatic day today and if to date we felt that perhaps the state was beginning to win the argument, today very much a better day you would say for the defense? >> reporter: absolutely and ironically, piers, the witnesses were supposed to be on the stand for the state, but it appears the testimony they gave benefits the defense. the question has been who was on top? what i mean by that is that the defense has maintained it was george zimmerman on the ground being beaten by 17-year-old trayvon martin, but up until now, the witnesses we had have really only said what they heard. today jonathan good took the stand, and he says he actually saw the struggle that took place between those two men, and he says from his vantage point, he could tell who was on top and who was on the bottom. he was talking about their race. listen to the testimony. >> in terms of describing the individuals, are you able to describe their faces or anything or just clothing
degree murder of trayvon martin claiming self defense. today, the jury heard from 19-year-old rachel jeantel, who was the last person to speak to trayvon martin before his confrontation with george zimmerman. she described her final cell phone call with trayvon martin when he told her a man was following him. >> he said -- i asked him where are you at? and he told me he at the back of his fiancee's house, right in the area where -- by his fiancee's house. he said no, he lost them. and then he said why are you following me? and i heard him, what are you doing around here? i heard trayvon martin say what is going on? i heard trayvon's head set. >> you heard a bump? >> yeah. >> and what did you assume it was? >> the head set. >> what happened then? >> and then i started hearing grass sounds, wet grass sounds. >> what do you mean you heard grass sounds? >> like wet grass, wet grass. >> okay. then what happened? >> and then i kept calling, trayvon, and get off, get off. >> okay, let me stop you, you heard a grass sound and you said something, what did you say? >> i said trayvon, what is g
and veteran defense attorney. it started out nice enough, rachel jeantel seemed to have adopted a more respectful tone. >> yes, sir. >> reporter: but it wasn't long before her yes, sirs seemed to take on a sharper edge. >> yes, sir. >> reporter: defense attorney don west was out to discredit her testimony that george zimmerman was the aggressor and pointed to numerous changes in her story in previous accounts including a letter to trayvon's mother, describing what she heard. in it, she left out trayvon's derogatory racial language. >> you specifically chose not to tell ms. fulton that's what trayvon said. >> no. >> because you thought it would hurt her feelings, didn't you? >> no. >> you didn't think that would bother her, if you said that her son described the man that was following him in a car on the phone -- >> i didn't think. >> was a creepy ass cracker. >> i did not think that was important. >> not important enough to put in the letter. >> no. >> and not important enough to tell her. >> no. >> reporter: she said martin sounded tired on the phone like he was running but she said h
for the patient's young children. in addition,, care lynn rachel setup the family with support groups, therapy, communicationed with the schools and advocated for the patient and their families with the healthcare providers additional lesion a common request of patients who are near the end of their life is to return to their country of origin, here again care lynn work tirelessly to facility these requests with the family overseas they wrote letters to the embassy and is conscientious late and is place sure those wishes came true. care lynn and rachel do what they can nor the families and make that are every member of their clinic staff write condoll lens cards and the sympathy for the tragedyity conveyed throughout every step of the process, care lynn and rash chyle made sure that the patient received of the best possible care and personal if you have please welcome care lynn and rachel: (applause) ism (applause) . >> hi. so on behalf of rachel and myself our i would like to first thank -- for offering this incredible honor. but more importantly we want to thank the san francisco genera
about the comment that trayvon martin said to rachel. he also described george zimmerman with the "n" word. certainly, he described him in two ways, with a derogatory white term and derogatory black term. they took pains not to talk about race and didn't say racial profiling, took the elephant in the room, painted it bright pink and i don't think it stuck. >> mark, what do you think? >> i tell you, you put a spin on this that is mind boggling. this sounds like a very sweet girl. i'm sure her parents love her. everybody is texting me, they want to know where you got your necklace. >> oh. >> the thing that remains is this was a disaster. the family realizes, trayvon's family realizes it was a disaster. crump is prepared for any verdict. they know where it is headed. this is the star witness. the wheels came off and it was a train wreck. there's no way to soft pedal it. this was a complete, unmitigated disaster. >> do you agree? >> i don't think it was that bad. >> no. >> she is a problematic witness, no doubt about it. >> you think? >> i don't think she's as critical to the case. we ar
was on the phone with him when the confrontation unfolded. rachel jeantel probably made an impression on you and some think maybe the wrong impression on jurors. the big developments from martin salve individual. >> reporter: wound two of the clash in the courtroom between the star witness and veteran defense attorney. it started out nice enough, rachel jeantel seemed to have adopted a more respectful tone. >> yes, sir. >> reporter: but it wasn't long before her yes, sirs seemed to take on a sharper edge. >> yes, sir. >> reporter: defense attorney don west was out to discredit her testimony that george zimmerman was the aggressor and pointed to numerous changes in her story in pref juvious accou including a letter to trayvon's mom describing what she heard and left out the derogatory language. >> you specifically chose not to tell ms. fulton that's what trayvon said. >> no. >> because you thought it would hurt her feelings, didn't you? >> no. >> you didn't think that would bother her, if you said that her son described the man that was following him in a car on the phone -- >> i didn't think
-examination for trayvon martin's friend who was on the phone with him when the confrontation unfolded. rachel jeantel probably made an impression on you and some think maybe the wrong impression on jurors. today, there appeared to be changes. more on the attitude adjustment and all the other big developments tonight from martin savidge. >> reporter: round two of the clash in the courtroom between the star witness and veteran defense attorney. it started out nice enough, rachel jeantel seemed to have adopted a more respectful tone. >> yes, sir. >> reporter: but it wasn't long before her yes, sirs seemed to take on a sharper edge. >> yes, sir. >> reporter: defense attorney don west was out to discredit her testimony that george zimmerman was the aggressor and pointed to numerous changes in her story in previous accounts including a letter to trayvon's mother, describing what she heard. in it, she left out trayvon's derogatory racial language. >> you specifically chose not to tell ms. fulton that's what trayvon said. >> no. >> because you thought it would hurt her feelings, didn't you? >> no. >> you did
is rachel, she lied about why she did not attend trayvon martin's funeral. she made up a story about having to be at the hospital that day, and then it was later revealed that in fact she was never at the hospital. the defense attorney either don west or mark o'mara on behalf of george zimmerman are going to hammer her hard on why she made this up. of course they will try to persuade the jury that, well, if she made up this about not attending trayvon martin her good friend's funeral, how can you believe these other aspects? taking a listen to another sound byte from the prosecutor successfully getting this witness, the star witness, to really establish that trayvon martin was being pursued by george zimmerman. take a listen. >> i asked him where he at. he told me he at the back of his dad fiancee house, the area where his daddy fiancee house, by his daddy fiancee house. i said, oh you better keep running. he said, na, he lost them. >> certainly not the most effective witness as far as cool, calm and collected on the stand. hof, she did -- however, she did deliver making the points that the
tell w -- rachel jeantel. we have our legal team standing by that's watching this as well, veteran prosecutor paul henderson also joining us kendall coffee a former prosecutor, lisa bloom. lisa, let me start with you. how is rachel doing as a witness? i would imagine she's been instructed to answer as little as possible, yes, sir or no, sir. >> yes. on kroengs that's exactly the way you're supposed to answer and today she's adding in sir and even mr. west in a sign of respect for the defense attorney. he's now boring in on probably the most important testimony. she said she heard trayvon martin say "get off get off." mr. west is pointing out this is inconsistent. >> is west being a bit combative anticipates few moments ago when he was pressing her on whether or not she could attest to the fact that trayvon didn't make some sort of physical motion towards zimmerman? >> i think his demeanor has been pretty patient, pretty good. but she's doing better today. and one thing i think is coming across that may be very difficult for the defense to shake. i think this witness is convincing t
martin apparently said to rachel. but what was also interesting is that he also described george zimmerman with the "n" word. so certainly he described him in two ways. he described him with a derogatory white term and a derogatory black term. so the defense in this case took such pains to make sure that the prosecution didn't talk about race in its opening statement, didn't say the words "racial profiling" yet they took what was the elephant in the room, painted it bright pink and threw it back out there. i just don't think it stuck. >> mark geragos, what do you think? >> i'll tell you, sunny, you put on a spin on this that is mind boggling. this sounds like a very sweet girl. i'm sure her parents love her. and by the way, everybody keeps texting me, they want to know where you got your necklace. the thing that remains is, this was a disaster. the family realizes -- trayvon's family realizes it's a disaster. crump was quoted today as saying that they're prepared for any verdict. they know where this is headed. this was the star witness, the wheels came off and it was a train wre
haynes davis, kendall coffey, and dana swickle. there was a lot of conversation about the way rachel jeantel sounded. how important is that going to be in this case? because forgetting all the social media talk, the jury has to evaluate her too. >> race, culture, politics always come into play when picking a jury and when presenting your witnesses. what disturbs me is that there is so much negative attention around this young lady, and we are not giving these jurors enough credit. the conversation, at least on social media is this divide, this lack of connection between those juries and that young lady. why do we assume that just a bunch of white people can't connect with racial jeantel? why are we thinking so little? this -- her demeanor is arguably good for the prosecution, bad for the defense, or vice versa. her demeanor is her. she was authentic. she was honest. and just because you tell a few lies outside the courtroom, like we do every single day doesn't mean that you're not being honest inside the courtroom. i don't think any of us in good conscience can say that that young la
're continuing our live coverage of the george zimmerman trial in the death of tray von martin. rachel jontell is on the stand. let's go back to it now. >> so this is -- >> i didn't want to see somebody cry. you wouldn't want to see people crime. >> of course. >> i'm not an emotional person. >> you knew then, when you had the meeting, it would be a tough one for her. >> yeah, i was the last one to even talk to her son. >> of course. you knew she would be very interested to know. >> and emotional. >> -- and emotional, because there were a lot more questions than answers at that point in the case. right? >> yes. >> so you wound up doing that, am i correct? that you met with ms. fulton? was that on march 19th? >> yes. >> did you tell her generally what you knew about the event? >> i told her a little bit. i just -- when i saw her i gave her the letter, and she didn't even open the letter. she just asked what happened. she wanted to know what happened that night. i had told her that tray von talked to me that night. >> were you trying to make it easy forehad to understand? >> yes. >> and she opene
alert, they don't appear to be choosing to want to change. >>> and the cross-examination of rachel jeantel, reluctant witness in the trayvon martin case is a reluctant subject of national conversation. why what people say about her says more about them than the witness. >>> but tonight, we start with the uprising in the state of texas. an uprising that started last week when democrats and activists there began to mobilize against a restrictive abortion bill making its way through the texas senate. and that uprising has only gained strength. and if you want to know why, right now, people in texas are rising up and why it's not likely to end any time soon, let me tell you about texas governor rick perry's last 26 hours. at 6:37 p.m. last night, the state of texas executed its 500th, 500th inmate. a woman by the name of kimberly mccarthy, former cocaine addict who was convicted of killing her 71-year-old neighbor in a 1997 robbery. it is the 261st execution rick perry has signed off on as governor, far and away the most executions carried out by any governor in modern history. in fact
the red carpet at an awards show. paris hilton, orlando bloom, rachel bilson, megan fox and her then boyfriend, now husband brian austin green, audrina patridge of mtv's "the hills" also made the list. it was at patridge's home where for the first time a security camera captured images of the burglars. officer brett goodkin worked hollywood station for the lapd. >> any time you get real clear surveillance images of suspects committing crime it peiques you oh interest. you will look closely. do i know these people? >> reporter: the images were clear. a guy in a ball cap. a girl in a white t-shirt. >> in this case they seemed like young offenders. >> reporter: months later after other celebrities had been hit, the burglars showed up on a second tape. this time at lindsay lohan e's house. >> we were certain among ourselves that the male white offender in both videos, it was the same guy. but we still didn't know who he was. >> reporter: now we e know. the burglar in the ball cap was this guy -- nick prugo. >> what's it like in a celebrity's house? >> like you would expect -- steril
trial, the defense finally wrapped up its questioning of rachel jeantel, the 19-year-old who was on the phone with trayvon martin moments before he was killed. this cross-examination lasted five hours over two days. also today, testimony from the neighbor who made the 911 call, where loud screaming can be heard, and then a gunshot. jurors heard her account of that scream. and today another witness testified she saw george zimmerman on top of trayvon martin after the altercation. she is the third witness to say so. but for most of the day, rachel jeantel faced questions from the zimmerman defense team. and they tried to undermine her story. the defense repeatedly raised questions about her version of events, but she did not waiver from her testimony that trayvon martin did not confront george zimmerman. >> he said why are you following me for, didn't he? >> no, sir, not that kind of way, sir. >> it was just a question, hey, mister, why are you following me for? >> he say hey, mister, why are you following me, for. he just asked the question, why are you following me for. >> an
george zimmerman started as rachel jeantel take two, a key witness for the state who appeared wednesday to be emotional one moment, combative the next. what a difference a day makes. >> are you okay this morning? >> yes. >> you seem so different than yesterday. i'm just checking. did someone talk with you last night about your demeanor in court yesterday? >> no, i went to sleep. >> reporter: a more subdued jeantel endured more than three hours of meticulous questioning from defense attorney don west who challenged the 19-year-old's account of what she heard when she was on the cell phone with trayvon martin a little more than a minute before the fatal shooting. >> trayvon got hit. >> you don't know that, do you? >> no, sir. >> you don't know that trayvon got hit. >> he had to. >> you don't know that trayvon didn't at that moment take his fist and drive it into george zimmerman's face? >> please lower your voice? >> no, sir. >> reporter: later the teen held firm to her account of who attacked who. >> i thought in fact you said it could have been for all you know trayvon martin smashing g
-examination of 19-year-old rachel jeantel. the last person to speak to trayvon martin on the day he was shot. there's been a brief recess. i'm joined by our legal expert, lisa bloom. lisa, what's your reaction to what you've been hearing? >> well, let me explain first what's going on. attorneys are not allowed to make speaking ukz an objections which means we're only supposed to say the legal ground for the objection. not a long speech about why the evidence shouldn't come in. if attorneys have more to say, they're going to sidebar. this witness on the stand is a very important witness for the prosecution. she's a young woman who was on the phone with trayvon martin just before this altercation. she's now on cross-examination. and the defense is trying to bring out inconsistencies even lies that she has told in this case, and so far, they've gotten her to acknowledge two that she lied about not going to mar ten's wake. she said she had been in the hospital. it turns out she just did not want to go because it was emotionally upsetting for her to do that. he got her to concede she had lied about her
. but in one day rachel jeantel has spent more time on television than the president of the united states and she is back on tv today. because she is back on the witness stand today. in the george zimmerman murder trial. she is the state's star witness because she is trayvon martin's friend and because she and only she spent just about the entire day on and off the telephone with trayvon right up until the moment he was shot dead by george zimmerman. her testimony has been contentious, frustrating, foggy, and gripping. but maybe most important, it's critical. george howell doing a live reporting for us in sanford, florida, following this gavel to gavel. give me the quick catch me up to speed if we're just tuning in right now how has the morning gone so far and what has she said? >> ashleigh, good morning. her demeanor is different. yesterday she seemed you that he was running at that point because you could hear wind? >> yes. >> and that's when the phone went off? >> yes. >> and then about 20 seconds later, you reconnected and you were able to talk with him? >> yes, mr. west. >> and you d
into video there in the courtroom. you can see george zimmerman there and at the stand, rachel jeantel is back in the courtroom. just yesterday when she was told she would have to return by donny donwest. she did seem like a bit annoyed. don west said it could take a couple more hours for this testimony to continue. >> george howell, thanks so much. as you can see, as george said, the trial is now under way. rachel jeantel now sitting on the stand and george zimmerman is sitting. they're waiting for the jury to enter the courtroom. once the jury is seated, the proceedings will begin. we'll wait for the jury to come into the courtroom. we'll look at what rachel jeantel's testimony means for this. sunny hostin in atlanta and with me here is page pate. good morning. >> good morning. >> sunny, if the twitterverse is any indication, two tweets point othat. one says breaking rachel jeantel guilty of murdering the leengli language. what is your take on her testimony, sunny? >> you know, i think that's an unfair characterization of what's happening in the courtroom. yes, perhaps she is the mos
.m. tonight eastern time. >>> ahead, the witness everybody is talking about. rachel jeantel. what does she think about her testimony, and how she was treated in the court? we'll have an exclusive live interview with her lawyer. >>> plus, who is winning with the jury? how is the jury responding to george zimmerman himself and trayvon martin's parents? >>> and the supreme court ruled that obama care is the law of the land, and republicans still haven't gotten over it. how to stop the gop from blocking millions of americans from getting health care they need. >>> and i love hearing from you. send me your e-mails. reply al is coming. stay with us. i want to make things more secure. [ whirring ] [ dog barks ] i want to treat more dogs. ♪ our business needs more cases. [ male announcer ] where do you want to take your business? i need help selling art. [ male announcer ] from broadband to web hosting to mobile apps, small business solutions from at&t have the security you need to get you there. call us. we can show you how at&t solutions can help you do what you do... even better. ♪ can help
to talk about rachel jeantel's testimony and the way race and sculpture are playing and how the public is reacting to it. this is "hardball," the place for politics. "i'm part of an american success story," "that starts with one of the world's most advanced distribution systems," "and one of the most efficient trucking networks," "with safe, experienced drivers." "we work directly with manufacturers," "eliminating costly markups," "and buy directly from local farmers in every region of the country." "when you see our low prices, remember the wheels turning behind the scenes, delivering for millions of americans, everyday. "dedication: that's the real walmart" >>> after the supreme court's decision this week that effectively struck down california's ban on same-sex marriage, the big question was about timing, and when gay marriages could resume in the nation's largest state. today we get the answer, immediately. that's the word from a federal appeals court which has dissolved the stay blocking same-sex marriage from proceeding. and look what california attorney general kamala harris jus
, this is a quiet emotional moment more than it is one about fighting. >> rachel maddow who will have much more to say on the "rachel maddow show" tonight. i said it would be an all-star panel, thanks to all of you, as well as to pete williams. that's going to do it for me. i'm chris jansing. that's it for "jansing & company." thomas roberts next. >> our agenda coming up, the historic day we have been watching the past hour in the supreme court. >> the supreme court has declared the defense of marriage act, the federal defense of marriage act, unconstitutional. the supreme court has decided that it cannot take up the challenge to california's proposition 8. i must say, this is also a great way for the supreme court not to have to decide the issue of same-sex marriage. it gives them an off-ramp. >> and there we have it. that was nbc justice correspondent, pete williams, minutes ago, announcing two labtd mark decisions from the united states supreme court with unprecedented impact on gay rights in this country. right now we're looking at live pictures from outside the high court as the biggest cr
have truly an all-star panel. rachel maddow, host of the "rachel maddow show" here, joe green, professor, ken jioshino, president clinton's top adviser, and former president of equality matters. great to have you here. momentous day, rachel has there been a bigger day for gay rights? >> sometimes you don't know they're coming when they're coming. i'm not sure everyone thought lawrence v texas was going to be what it was. >> ten years ago today. >> hard to know. it is possible the supreme court justices will find a way to sort of split the baby here and come up with a decision that is not as consequence in either direction everyone is expecting. >> we are going to a special report. nbc's pete williams live at the supreme court. >> reporter: the supreme court has just struck down the federal defense of marriage act. this was the law passed by congress in 1996, signed by president clinton, that prevented the federal government from recognizing the validity of same-sex marriages in the states where they're legal. it's a 5-4 decision, written by justice anthony kennedy. and the int
to speak with trayvon martin. 19-year-old rachel gentel was on the phone moments before he was killed. her testimony could be key for the prosecution and she faces more cross-examination again this morning. let's get a wrap up of everything we know so far. >> reporter: she came across as raw, she seemed uncoached and every word and every action could have a great impact on the outcome of this case, but given her answer to some of the questions yesterday, the question now, will this jury believe her? she's the last person to have spoken to trayvon martin on his cell phone the night he was fatally shot and killed. a key witness to the prosecution, whose testimony took various turns throughout the day. at first rachel became emotional when questioned about why she lied saying she was in the hospital and couldn't go to her friend's funeral. >> i didn't want to see the body. >> you didn't want to see the body? >> no. >> reporter: she said martin used racial slurs like the n-word to describe the man following him. >> he said the man looked creepy. >> reporter: creepy. she says she told martin to
question cards. look out for the pink blaser. next up is rachel ibarra - executive director of -- community center. apl (applause)>> my name is rachel ibarra, good morning everyone, supervisors, department heads. i am the executive director of bernal heights neighborhood center; for the surrounding areas and bernal heights. i want to focus on leveraging and successful transitions. as an organization that provides multiple programs and services, and one whose members reflect the communities that we serve, providing linguistically and culturally responsible programs and services i applaud our staff and their efforts and commitment to ensure that we are able to serve the many children and youth and families who see our center as a mutual safe and welcoming space. we help the needs of the most is advantaged population creating an interdependent web of support across the senior, youth, affordable housing programs, to address those needs in the most efficient ways. some of the other organizations do this very well too. we have a public safety meeting when there were issues ha
five hours on the stand today. rachel jeantel says she was on the phone with trayvon martin just as his famed fight with zimmerman began. her testimony is critical for the state and the defense. the defense questioned her on claims she heard trayvon yell, "get off, get off" and he got her to back off claims that she heard martin get hit. >> so the last thing you heard was some kind of noise like something hitting somebody? >> trayvon got hit. trayvon got hit. >> you don't know that, do you? >> no, sir. >> you don't know that trayvon got hit. >> he had to. >> you don't know that trayvon didn't at that moment take his fist and drive it into george zimmerman's face, do you? >> no, sir. >> cross-examination the defense repeatedly tried to get jeantel to say it was trayvon martin who confronted zimmerman and not the other way around. but no matter how he worded it, her fundamental story did not change. >> that's why you weren't worried and didn't do anything, it was because trayvon martin started the fight and you knew that. >> no, sir. i don't know what you were talking about. >> i thought
far, including rachel jeantel and still find zimmerman not guilty. here's why. based on what jeantel testified to, you would have to believe that zimmerman was the aggressor. but then john good shows at some point trayvon martin got the upper hand. if you believe them both and zimmerman was the initial aggressor and trayvon martin responded and became the superior one in terms of getting the jump on zimmerman. however, self-defense cannot be claimed by someone who is the initial aggressor in the case unless he pulls back, tries to stop the hostilities, and then the other person comes at him again. then he can use self-defense. in this case, because zimmerman is characterized by some as being the one crying for help, the jury could believe that he did try to pull back and stop, and even though he was the initial aggressor, he tried to stop and trayvon martin would not stop. at that point, he would be entitled to use self-defense. even if you believe both of these key witnesses for the prosecution, you could find zimmerman not guilty. >> danny, do you agree with that? >> yeah. i want t
williams live at the court. we're also joined by msnbc's rachel mad doe and fred sane is also at the court for us. pete, you were there for all of the drama, announcing it first and getting it right as always. the importance of today, the final day of the term, and how the court divided. >> well, it's important to know what the court said about the issue of same-sex marriage. in the prop 8 case it said nothing at all. the prop 8 case says nothing about gay rights or same-sex marriage. all it says is that the people who were defending proposition 8 didn't have no business being here, did not have the proper legal standing to bring a challenge, therefore, the lower court decision stands. the decision of the trial judge who found prop 8 unconstitutional and the decision so same-sex marriage can now resume in california after it was stopped by proposition 8. now on doma, again, the supreme court says nothing about whether states must permit same-sex marriage. it is silent on that point. what it says is that when a state chooses to allow same-sex marriage, the federal government can't pick and
years of age going into her senior year of high school. friend of trayvon martin's. rachel jeantel. been on the stand for -- i take that back. let's listen. >> miami, is that correct? >> yes, sir. >> and you spoke english at home? >> what age are you talking about, sir? >> that's what i'm asking you. are you saying that english is your third language? that you spoke creole and spanish first? >> i spoke three language first. i learned how to speak -- creole was the first one. >> does your mother speak english? >> not that well, sir. >> does she speak english? >> not that well, sir. >> i understand she may have an accent or some limitations, but do you speak to her in english? >> sometimes, sir. >> and if you're not speaking to her in english, you're speaking to her in creole? >> yes, sir. >> and your father, do you speak to him in english? >> yes, sir. >> and when you went to school as a child, kindergarten, did you speak english at school? >> yes, sir. >> and have you spoken english to your teachers and classmates in school up through today? >> yes, sir. >> are you claiming in any way th
in jail. thank you so much. that is "all in" for this evening on this friday. "the rachel maddow show" starts right now. good evening, rachel. >> good evening, chris. happy friday. >> happy friday. exciting stuff in california. >> yeah, we've got a bunch of it live. >> i'm glad you have some of it live. >> we might be having a live wedding on the show in five minutes. >> i'm going to go watch it right now. >> thank you very much. thanks to you at home for staying with us the next hour. i'm not kidding. we have some expected breaking news to report at this hour. same-sex marriage is breaking out all over the state of california. as we speak. 23 days early. just a short time ago, unexpectedly, a federal appeals court in california issued a one-sentence order unexpectedly clearing way for same-sex marriages to resume in that state immediately. and it caught everybody off guard. you'll remember it was wednesday morning that the united states supreme court in that 5-4 decision ruled that the proponents of california's ban on same-sex marriage, prop 8, those proponents of that ban had no le
for the second day in a row as a so-called star witness for the prosecution, rachel jeantel, the last person believed to talk to trayvon martin before his deadly confrontation. amid hours of cross-examination from the defense, it was almost impossible to turn away from her animated expressions, combative answers and often irritated demeanor. now the big question is this -- did she help or hurt the state's case? cnn's martin savidge has been inside the courtroom all day. he's joining us right now with the very latest. so what happened? >> reporter: rachel jeantel is the kind of witness that journalists love but also the kind of witness that can be both a nightmare for the prosecution and defense and she probably lived up to that reputation over these past two days. however, that said, she did seem to be different today on the stand. her responses, depending on how you weigh the "yes, sir" seemed to have a bit more respect and decorum than yesterday and she also seemed for firm in her answers when challenged. she is key as a witness. she maintains she was on the phone with trayvon martin right
. her name rachel jeantel, just left the stand minutes ago after several hours of testimony. the 19-year-old made it clear in her own words and body language she does not want to be on the stand. the exchanges between this young woman and defense attorney don west have been contentious. >> so the last thing you heard was some kind of noise like something hitting somebody? >> that trayvon got hit, trayvon got hit. >> you don't know that, do you? >> no, sir. >> you don't know that trayvon got hit. >> he had to -- >> you don't know that trayvon didn't at that moment take his fist and drive it into george zimmerman's face? >> please lower your voice. >> do you? >> no, sir. >> our george howell and sunny hostin are outside the court in sanford, florida. george, let me start with you. this young woman very soft spoken and very reluctant to be there, that's obvious to anyone watching her testimony. give us the head lines of what happened over the past few hours today for the viewers that were not watching. >> wolf, certainly. you have to first compare what we saw yesterday to what we're seeing
in the questioning. let me play a back and forth between don west and rachel jenteal. >> your testimony today is what you heard on the phone the man say that george zimmerman was -- what are you doing around here? >> yes. >> and then the first statement that you may to mr. crump in his interview of you, you said mr. zimmerman's response was, what are you talking about? >> yes. >> it was in the interview with mr. crump that you said you thought this was a racial thing? >> he had asked if it was a racial thing. >> what did he say? >> the situation was a racial thing. >> so, john, what's your assessment of this back and forth here on the issue of race? >> you know, actually, i think that the defendant wants to interject the issues of race in this case even though there's this whole argument beginning. i think he's the one that brought it up. he brought it up in the questioning, in terms of racially explosive. i think it's designed to turn the jury off towards trayvon and towards the family itself by suggesting that they're the ones that caused this whole racial issue to be injected in this case and to u
% sure. and his story has changed, just like rachel jeantel's story. his story has changed from prior statements to some extent. >> i want to hone in on what lisa was saying. when he was asked about who was yelling for help, he says twel seems logically that's who it would be. when he was asked about sort of the fundamental points who was yelling for help, sounded like he was just speculating based on what he logically thinks is the case. >> he was speculating but plant being the seed that trayvon martin might have initiated the contact. now we are going to the to the perception it was this violent confrontation and that ground-and-pound. so much of the facts in those early moments were muddled but the perception trayvon martin was this mma-trained fighter, they're playing on that and i wonder how it will play with the jury. >> the ground-and-pound thing was something the defense kept repeating over and over again but the prosecution managed to establish that this is not what john good initially said. he thought that he remembered that he described the fight as ground-and-pound. it tu
's "all in" for this evening. the "rachel maddow show" begins right now. >>> thanks to you at home for staying with us this hour. it's election day in massachusetts. went to the polls. the polls in massachusetts closed almost exactly one hour ago. and as far as we know, right now, it's undecided. 49% of the vote in. right now ed markey leads gabriel gomez 51% to 48%. again, that is 49% of the vote in at this point. mo cowan was picked essentially as a place holder for the seat by massachusetts governor deval patrick. mr. cowan promised not to run for the seat on a permanent basis. he's spent his months on capitol hill essentially keeping his head down, keeping the business of the massachusetts senate seat rolling. he's been voting basically the way john kerry would have voted and been keeping the seat warm for the dually elected next u.s. senator from massachusetts who has been chosen by the voters of massachusetts today. again, the polls close the an hour and a minute ago. we'll keep you posted as we get senate, on the house side of capitol hill today, today was the day when they
took the stand. her name is rachel jeantel. she was trayvon martin's friend. she told the jury she was on the phone with him when he approached the teen. >> he said why are you following me and i heard him say what are you doing around here. >> martin savage is in florida for us. everybody was watching her. she was the person speaking to trayvon martin the last moment he was alive and as he died what else did she say? >> reporter: from a totally nonlegal perspective it was one of the most remarkable testimonies i have ever seen. and there is a lot you can talk about. let's talk about the specifics. on top of saying she claims it was george zimmerman she could hear being the aggressor she says she can hear trayvon saying get off, get off. that would clearly imply it moved beyond george zimmerman confronting the teen to assaulting the team and perhaps on top of the teen which flies in the face of the self-defense. she said previously and on the stand that the voice, the 911 call, the screaming heard in the background she talks to trayvon, did talk to him all the time and she says it
'll tell you when to turn the volume down. here's randi kaye's report. >> reporter: rachel jeantel and trayvon martin were old friends, and contrary to reports, they were only friends. >> you weren't in any way his girlfriend? >> no. >> reporter: the two reconnected just weeks before trayvon martin's death. on the night he died from the other end of the phone line, she was, in a sense, within earshot of the tragedy as it unfolded. that's why she's the state's star witness, the only one they think who can tell trayvon's side of the story. >> what was he complaining about? >> that a man kept watching him. >> reporter: it was clear from the start she does not relish her new found fame, mumbling her answers. the court reporter had to keep stopping for clarification, and the defense complained repeatedly. >> give your answers as slowly and clearly and as loudly as you can. >> reporter: she painted a picture of a teenager feeling threatened, and on the run from a strange man. >> i asked him how the man looked like. he looked like a creepy ass cracker. >> let me make sure we got that. cre
question. nobody has been able to answer who ran at who, which is why rachel jeantel could be such an important witness. she is potentially the only one that heard the beginning of the fight and if jurors believe her, what she's testifying to. she's testifying that george zimmerman approached trayvon martin when he walked him and said -- well, trayvon martin turned around and said to george zimmerman, what are you following me for? and george zimmerman said something to the effect, what are you doing in this neighborhood, what are you doing around here? and the scuffle started after that. and she didn't actually see it with her own eyes, she's claiming that trayvon martin was yelling get off me. and she believes george zimmerman is the one that started this. >> do people in the courtroom think this witness jeantel, she sort of claimed sides, a partisan witness, or did people get the sense she was objectively reported what she saw, or heard? >> you know, she -- it goes back and forth. trying to protect the words that trayvon was saying, like creepy ass cracker and using an "
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